Outdoor hotline (10/7/13)

Free avalanche seminar

Whether you’re new to Alaska and the idea of playing or traveling in the mountains or you’re a long-time veteran, the NAOI Be Snow Smart seminars have something for everyone. This year everyone that attends will also receive a special coupon to attend a full-day workshop in the field and entered to win an ABS airbag, as well as other great prizes. These type of seminars would typically cost snowmobilers $50 or more to attend, but thanks to BRP’s sponsorship, they are free to owners of all brands of sleds. The seminars are fun and informative because instructors are true riders and professionals in their field. They deliver a message that snowmobilers understand and appreciate. Space is limited. Sign up today at BeSnowSmart.org or call 907-376-2898 to learn more.

Alaska Seminar Schedule

Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Team CC, Wasilla

Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., Alaska Mining and Diving Supply, Anchorage

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon, Team CC, Eagle River

Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m. River and Sea Marine, Soldotna

Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m., Compeau’’s Fairbanks



Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Running Race Series, 5:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Be prepared for chills, thrills and spills. Meet at 5:30 p.m., races begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Distances up to 10-K. Register online at activenet.active.com. For in-depth information, visit www.muni.org/parks. All ages and abilities welcome. Pets need to stay at home. (343-6397)


Wildlife Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Stay scientifically enriched this winter with lectures that cover a different topic on wildlife research in Alaska. Lectures are aimed toward an older audience, adults with an interest in science. Series partners include USFWS, ADFG, Alaska Geographic, USGS and the Alaska Zoo. Programs are free to the public and coffee and tea are available. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/wildlife-wednesdays)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Turnagain Arm McHugh Trailhead, Seward Highway. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


Wilderness First Aid/WFR Recertification Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, APU's Spring Creek Farm, Lossing Road. Injuries can happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. Learn Wilderness First Aid Skills and get CPR certified. Register today at www.naoiak.org $225. (376-2898)

Mat-Su Ski Club Annual General Membership Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Palmer Train Depot. Pizza, salad and door prizes provided. Parents can sign their kids up for the Junior Nordic Ski Program. Find out about the improvements at the Government Peak Recreation Area and skiing in the Mat-Su Valley.Eric Strabel, APU Ski Coach and winner and course record holder for Mount Marathon, will give a presentation on the APU Nordic Ski Program and the "Early Honors Program" where high school seniors can earn college credits while completing their high school education. (www.matsuski.org)


Zombie Half Marathon, 9 a.m., Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive. The Anchorage Running Club sponsors this event. Start at Goose Lake, run along Chester Creek Trail to Westchester Lagoon. The finish line is at the Kincaid Park Chalet. Pick up your bib at Goose Lake Park before the race start or online. Walkers start at 9 a.m., runners at 10 a.m. Medals and t-shirts for all half marathon participants. Pizza party after the run. $35-$50 day of race.

Archery101, 10:30-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery for Free. Youth/adult instruction with emphasis on safety first. Open to anyone who is interested in learning to shoot a bow. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All equipment is supplied by NWA. (343-6397, northwestarchers.com)

Outdoor Equipment Swap, noon-2, Colony High School, 9550 E Colony Schools Dr., Palmer. The Colony High School Ski Team will host the gear swap. Any outdoor recreation gear can be sold; from Alpine Skis to Xtra tuffs. 15% of profits go to CHS Ski Team. Equipment check-in is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Profits and unsold items can be picked up from 2-3 p.m. (861-5571)

Wolf Day, noon- 4 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Zoo guests will enjoy a wolf fact scavenger hunt, canine touch table, wolf-themed storytime and a wolf kid's craft station. The zoo will also feature game stations on the pack structure and diets of wolves. There will be wolf encounters, enrichment and a howling contest too. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/wolf-day)

Feed and Care for farm animals, 1-2:30 p.m., The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander St. Learn what it takes to care for animals. Kids ages 5-14 feed, water, clean pens, bottle feed calves and slop the pigs. Mentorship Leaders Brittany and Shyanne of the Rebel Riders Trick Team work and show proper handling and care. This opportunity allows the trick riders to earn money for trick lessons. $10. Free horse ride after 6 sessions. (310-1971, www.thelearningfarm.net)


Wilderness First Aid for Disaster Relief, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. NAOI Headquarters, 281 N. Main Street Suite 101B. This course is designed to teach medical assessment and treatment skills in a setting where standardized care is not available. Whether you live remote or you want to be prepared in case of a natural disaster, this course is for you. $250. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: Abbott Loop Community Park, Elmore Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


Avalanche & Snowmobile Safety, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Alaska Mining and Diving, 3222 Commercial Drive. A free training session for mountain travel. Fun games and activities for all riders and mountain travelers from novice to veteran. Space is limited. Register online. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

Warren Miller Film and Alaska Ski Swap, the film will show at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 4 p.m. Oct. 19, at West High School. The winter gear swap is from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 19, also at West High School. The Alaska premiere of Warren Miller Entertainment's "Ticket to Ride" will hit the big screen at the Alaska Ski Swap, a winter gear swap and fundraiser for the Alyeska Ski Club and University of Alaska Anchorage Ski Team. The annual swap brings together bargain hunters eager to score a good deal and sellers hoping to recoup some money on their gently used equipment. 70 percent of each sale is retained by sellers and the rest donated to support youth skiing in Southcentral Alaska. For more information, including recommended pricing of gear and how to prepare equipment for sale, visit www.akskiswap.com. Tickets for Warren Miller Entertainment's "Ticket to Ride" are $15 and also available at www.akskiswap.com.

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